AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SOUTH PACIFIC

 

AUSTRALIA

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Central Australian Youth Justice

CAYJ is currently working to counteract efforts by the Country Liberal Party (CLP) Government to develop “a far more repressive and unreasonable response” to perceived criminal activity. The measures adopted are in clear contradiction to the International Human Rights Conventions, particularly in their effect on young people. Specifically, the introduction of Mandatory Sentencing, the resulting imprisonment of children in the maximum security section of Alice Springs prison, the proposal to review the right to silence, proposals for electronic surveillance of young people under curfew, and proposed increases in police armory and numbers “can only be viewed as direct attacks on the rights and liberties of young people for the sake of cheap electioneering and vote catching.”

  08 8952 3377

08 8953 4200
Mobile: 017 871 851

 

Public Policy Development and Advocacy

Department of Juvenile Justice

Our system includes the innovative and successful youth justice conferencing scheme as well as a range of community-based programs and, for the more serious and difficult young offenders, nine detention centres.  The department’s objective is to give young offenders the best possible opportunity to choose positive alternatives to offending.  The young people sent to the care and supervision of the department are usually deeply troubled and often not easy to help. Typically they are angry, confused, damaged and alienated.

Levels 22, 23, 24, 477 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
(PO Box K399, Haymarket 1240)
Phone (02) 9219 9400 e-mail: djj@djj.nsw.gov.au Public Policy Development

Law and Justice Foundation

The Law and Justice Foundation is a statutory body with a 34 year history of improving access to justice for the people of New South Wales.  The Foundation’s staff and Board come from a range of different backgrounds such as law, research, education and the social sciences.

GPO Box 4264 Sydney, NSW
2001
Australia
612-9221-3900 www.lawfoundation.net.au

 

 

Public Policy Development and Advocacy

Youth Justice Coalition

The Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) is a network of individuals and agencies whose aim is to achieve just responses for disadvantaged young people in Queensland, particularly concerning juvenile justice. The objectives of the Coalition are to: offer mutual support for individuals and agencies involved in juvenile justice issues offer a forum for the discussion and evaluation of what individuals and organizations are doing provide a vehicle for collecting, sharing and distributing information in the juvenile justice area and lobby for reform in the area of juvenile justice as broadly defined.

Level 8, 317-325 George Street,
Brisbane Q 4000

Mailing Address:
PO Box 70
Brisbane Roma St Q4003
Australia

(07) 3236 5400
or 1800 177 899
www.yjs.org.au
e-mail: yanq@thehub.com.au
Networking, Research, Advocacy

NEW ZEALAND

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Child, Youth and Family Call Centre

Youth justice is a special section of the law which deals with offending by children aged 10–13 years, and young people aged 14–16 years.  Children and young people who break the law are treated differently from adults who offend. The law makes sure they are held accountable and are encouraged to accept responsibility for their offending, but it also aims to help young offenders learn from their mistakes and develop in a socially acceptable way.  The youth justice system aims to resolve offending without young offenders receiving a criminal conviction, as they would under the criminal justice system. Experience shows that, once a young person has a criminal record, they tend to carry on breaking the law and their offences may get more serious. The aim is to avoid that.  Around 90 per cent of young offenders are now kept out of the Courts. Minor offences are dealt with by a police warning or by action such as apology or reparation (a payment to their victim in total or part for loss of or damage to their property).  When cases are more serious, and for all cases going through the Courts, a family group conference is called. The young offender, their families, the Police Youth Aid and Youth Advocate, and the victim meet to determine how the young person will be held accountable for their offending.

Child, Youth and Family Centre
490 Richmond Road
Private Bag 78 901
Grey Lynn
Aukland, New Zealand 1002
0508 326 459 www.cyf.govt.nz Alternative to Detention and Incarceration



Department for Courts, National Office

In 1989, New Zealand adopted new legislation (The Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act) which established new principles for Youth Justice and set up an innovative system for responding to young offenders. The new system emphasizes diversion from courts and custody, and, while holding young persons accountable, facilitates the construction of responses that aim to provide for the rehabilitation and reintegration of young people, support for their families, and that take into account the needs of victims. Known for its use of family group conferences for determining the outcomes of the more serious offending by young people.

PO Box 2750
Level 3, Vogel Building
Aitken Street
Wellington
New Zealand
 
64 4-918-8800 www.courts.govt.nz
e-mail: library@courts.govt.nz
Alternative to Court, Detention and Incarceration, Restorative Justice

SOUTH PACIFIC

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